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Surreal sea

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Different lenses can make usual landscapes look extraordinary. This day was great to test out my lensbaby due to how many clouds there were in the sky, and the contrast it provides making the palm trees really pop out.

Title: West coast dreamer
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 


Clouds over the ocean are always a sight to see, and today was exceptionally beautiful with fluffy clouds floating over the Anacapa Islands.

Title: Dreamy island
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6


Due to the recent hurricane over the Hawaiian islands, we are getting the remnants of the storm which has caused some rather large waves, even getting up to 20 feet!

Title: Rough ocean waters
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6 


After a few weeks of calm, we are back to large foamy waves and high tides.

Title: Sleepy seashore
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/5.6

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Butterflies up close


Butterflies have the ability to glow because their wings are so thin, allowing the sun to shrine through and create extremely vibrant colors.

Title: Monarch butterfly nectaring
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


The Buckeye Butterfly is absolutely beautiful, especially when still. You can see the rustic colors of the wings with the tips lighting up in bright oranges and white shades.

Title: Buckeye with a broken wing
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


Some Butterflies have darker colors to blend in with their surroundings, but this white flower makes it hard to hide. Pollinating is an important key to this butterflies lifestyle and camouflage is the least of it’s concern.

Title: Black butterfly & White flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 2x diopter


These Butterflies are attracted by bright plants, and often times several of them will swarm one single flower. The Butterfly on the left has a very dark color scheme with mostly black wings and some very light blues scattered throughout. It’s almost a neon color.

Title: Atala & Zebra Longwing sharing a flower
Location: Santa Barbara, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 4 2x diopter

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Beautiful dreamer

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Wind is a powerful force that can change landscapes, create intense sounds and lift a person off their feet. Remember to hold on when the gust arrives!

Title: Blow me away just like a warm wind
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Falling to earth may seem dangerous but when it’s in a beautiful place like this, fear is replaced with excitement.

Title: Smile and watch it slowly fall, fall, fall
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


The lady in the water is a reflection of how people and nature can intermingle so peacefully.

Title: Beautiful dreamer
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

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Another beautiful beach day

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Beach dunes are unique in that they are made of sand yet have vibrant plant life, looking like they are from a different planet.

Title: Lonely little cloud
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


The perspective on this photo makes it look like a large mountain against the cloudy sky.

Title: Succulent Ice Plants on the beach dune
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5


When clouds cover the beach, it gives the sand a copper color and the water a dark teal. It’s amazing how many different colors one landscape can have.

Title: Sweet sky
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5 


The tide has been high in the past few days which has causes waves to crash where the pier stairs are. It offers a rare look into earth taking over man made structures, however everyone in this town is hoping for revitalization as quickly as possible.

Title: Waves crashing on the stairs
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

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County fair by the sea

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Title: Slowly swing around
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

Title: Evolution in the sky
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

Title: Ferris wheel at the fair
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5 

Title: Top of the ferris wheel
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: Mamiya 55mm f/3.5

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Travel journal

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This Etsy treasury is all about creating a travel journal of places all over the world I would love to explore and photograph. This is a wish list of wonderful things I want on my adventure around the world. This treasury is inspired by Jessica’s wonderful photography check it out here… https://www.etsy.com/shop/LostInTheValleyPhoto

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Ventura county fair

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The county fair is the best place to experience the alternative culture of a city or town, and one of the best parts is the fair rides. The swing ride being one of the most popular ride is also one of the most photogenic, especially when the lights are flashing.

Title: Swing Around
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/8


The ride is called The Zipper and basically tosses people around like a long ferris wheel, but in a dramatic fashion.

Title: Zipper
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/8


This ride is called the Evolution and is one of the most famous fair rides of all time. The ride consists of a swinging arm with a rotating circle where people are flipped around upside down.

Title: Evolution
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/8 


One of the best parts about county fairs are all the flashing lights and bright neon colors. It seems like a dream to experience all the colors at dusk.

Title: Power Surge
Location: Ventura, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: lensbaby composer f/8

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High tide

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New collection of beach photos at high tide on the Port Hueneme beach.

Title: Lifeguard station
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

Title: Where the sea meets the sky
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

Title: Distant Anacapa island
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 

Title: High tide by the pier
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Birds of the seashore


The ocean always offers a new view daily, especially when it comes to unique clouds. As one would say, no one picture is ever the same when capturing the sky.

Title: Cloudy sky on the seashore
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


I was lucky to catch these birds flying in unison under the swooping clouds.

Title: Let go and fly away
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


Birds always seem to fly close to the shore when it’s cloudy and the tide is high. It makes walking out on the beach exciting when pelicans fly right over my head.

Title: Birds flying over the pier
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8 


More pelicans flying in unison, this picture shows them changing direction and you can see the way birds flow like a chain.

Title: Blue sky Black birds
Location: Port Hueneme, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8

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Surreal portraits from Florence lake

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This series takes place at Florence Lake, providing an alternative universe of anti-gravity and free falling.

Title: Fade into oblivion
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


Rising above the rock looking over the lake, we see this woman floating away into the atmosphere.

Title: Falling from the sky
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8


There’s weird things that can happen at this lake, including multiple floating souls bound by halos.

Title: We come from different worlds
Location: Florence lake, California
Camera: NIKON D80
Lens: 24-70mm f/2.8